Have you ever wondered how your subconscious mind works? It's a fascinating concept, and one that has been studied by psychologists for decades. According to Joseph Murphy, a renowned psychologist and author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, the subconscious mind is like a powerful servant that works day and night to make your behavior conform to a pattern consistent with your thoughts, hopes, and emotional desires. But what exactly is the subconscious mind? It's not a thinking or reasoning entity; rather, it simply obeys the orders it receives from your conscious mind. Your subconscious is like a huge memory bank that permanently stores everything that happens to you.
Murphy states that your subconscious mind passively accepts your usual conscious thoughts without a doubt. In other words, it doesn't judge any of your conscious thoughts (just as your computer doesn't judge the documents you keep on your hard drive). All the thoughts you have in your conscious mind seep into your subconscious and leave an impression. The more often you have certain thoughts, the stronger the impression you'll leave on your subconscious.
Your subconscious mind never sleeps, rests, or takes a break because it controls all of the body's vital processes and functions. For example, if you regularly think that dogs are a threat, your subconscious classifies all the dogs it perceives as a threat. Murphy explains that you can perform tasks without having to apply conscious thinking, such as riding a bicycle or getting dressed, because the impressions produced by your usual conscious thoughts condition your subconscious to act automatically. Your subconscious mind is an unquestionable servant that works day and night to make your behavior conform to a pattern consistent with your thoughts, hopes, and emotional desires.
If you have a subconscious association between success and corruption, of course you're not going to do what you have to do to live the life you want to live. Just as practicing a new skill conditions you to carry it out automatically, your usual conscious thoughts condition your subconscious mind to identify and classify everything it perceives in a specific way. For example, a recent psychological study showed how irrelevant signals shape learning and suggested that the effect of conscious, subconscious, and unconscious thoughts can be modeled by varying the presentation time of emotional faces. All of these automatic movements are guided by one of the most powerful internal forces that drive human behavior: the subconscious mind (also commonly known as the unconscious mind).
Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do conform to a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your “master program”.There is still much to be learned about the functioning of the subconscious mind, but as early as 1963, Murphy was right about its importance. Neuroscientists have confirmed that 95% of brain activity takes place beyond consciousness, in the subconscious mind. So if you want to understand how you think and why you act in certain ways, it's important to understand how your subconscious works.